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|THE ROAD TO AN OPTIMAL LIFE BEGINS WITH OPTIMAL HEALTH|
Essentially, we stopped falling. As children, you are able to fall with very little consequence compared to being an adult; this serves as an example of how our youthful, pliant muscles keep us agile and supple and less prone to injury. Then something happens- as adults we are taller, heavier and a fall hurts more. We take on responsibilities that cause us to move less; we forget how to sit, stand and move with good posture and all this is set against the backdrop of natural degeneration of our body's structures that comes with age. As we let ourselves go down this dangerous road, flexibility starts to fall away, our muscles become less pliant and we become more vulnerable to injury from seemingly innocuous movements: the twists, turns, lifts, dips, grabs and reaches, many of which are subconscious, that define our daily existence. But it doesn't have to be this way!
Keeping an open, flexible mind allows us to remain open to new ideas- for example, taking on a simple stretching routine that will negate much of the harm caused by sitting too much. No matter how inflexible you may feel, you can start adding flexibility into your life bit by bit, if only you know where to start. Here is an idea for an easy routine that will help you get started today:
Upper shoulder stretch
At your Park Slope chiropractor, we know that keeping muscles pliant and flexible is one of the best ways to keep ourselves in a state of fitness as we age. In fact, it can make the difference between an old age of chronic pain and one of independence. Let's stop the stiffness today! Give our office in Brooklyn a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C.
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A useful and fun way to add more movement into your nightly routine? Yes, please. Use the power of yoga to turn your down time into something healthy. Child's pose has a variety of health benefits and is particularly useful for people suffering from lower back pain.
Child's pose: How to
The benefits of child's pose:
Think of your body as it slowly tightens, accumulating more and more tension as you press the button for that next episode. The healthy thinker wants to break this cycle of tightening. Child's pose is an easy and fun way to do this from the comfort of your own living room. Give it a try next time the thought strikes you and see much better your body feels. To optimize every aspect of your life and change toward a more holistic and healthy back care life style, call our office in Brooklyn at to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C., L.Ac.
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What Our Patients Are Saying
Dr. Burt Fletcher was injured when he fell from a horse many years ago.
"I have known Karen for 20 years. Because of her skill in alleviating musculoskeletal pain, I am one of her patients. I refer my own patients in need of chiropractic care to Dr. Thomas".
B. Fletcher, MD, Internal Medicine, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Talie is a serious triathalete who needs maximal biomechanical performance to minimize injury and enhance recovery time.
"As a personal trainer, triathalete and artist, my body is my instrument. With Dr. Thomas' care, I have worked from pain and discomfort back to optimum performance. She has helped to 'finely tune my instrument'. I highly recommend her services and refer family, friends and clients to her."
Talie M, Certified Fitness Professional, NYC
Joe and his wife tried for 6 years to have children. After only three acupuncture treatments, Gloria became pregnant. They are now the proud parents of a healthy son.
"My wife and I have been seeing Dr. Thomas for the past 3 years. We are impressed with her outstanding skill. She was able to help us with problems that no other physicians were able to address. We also appreciate Dr. Thomas' 'bedside manner'. She is always personable and accommodating. We recommend her highly."
Joseph T, General Contractor, Brooklyn
Mallory is a beauty professional and entrepreneur who maintains her general health and well-being with regular chiropractic and acupuncture care. Over the years, she has had symptoms associated with peri-menopause as well as stress.
"Dr. Thomas has been my doctor for more than seven years. She treats my body aches, yes, but she treats my mind and spirit as well. I come for treatments not only to address my symptoms but for the comprehensive health of my entire being."
Mallory R., Owner, MYR and Elementi, Park Slope
After several failed attempts, Caleb was desperate to quit smoking when he learned he was about to become a father. With his first acupuncture treatment, he stopped smoking and with the second, the urge to smoke diminished.
"After 10 years working and playing in environments conducive to smoking I quit smoking with Dr. Karen's Chinese Acupuncture treatment. She listens to her patients and she knows how to treat the underlying cause of the problem."
Caleb C, Filmmaker, New York City
Annie is a university professor who loves to run and stay active with her young family, so optimal health and keeping fit are important to her.
"Dr. Karen Thomas has hands of gold and keen skill. With this combination, she finds the trouble spots, adjusts and heals my aching body. I have crawled into her office, a body of gristle, wracked with pain and spasm, and walked out greatly relieved."
Annie H., University Professor
COMMUNITY CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE
71 8th Avenue – corner Union Street
Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn
From Manhattan via the West Side Highway – Take the B'klyn-Battery Tunnel to the Prospect Expressway, which exits left. Take Exit 4: '10th-11th Ave'. Make a total of 3 immediate right turns (crossing over the highway). Take an immediate left onto 18th Street. Follow this one block to 8th Ave. Turn right for ~1/2 mi. to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
From Manhattan via the East Side FDR Highway – Take the B'klyn Bridge and stay on Adam Street all the way to Atlantic Avenue. Turn left to 4th Avenue. Turn right and continue to Union Street. Turn left and travel up to 8th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
From Queens or Downtown B'klyn by Highway – BQE to Tillary Street.
Take Left onto Flatbush Ave. towards Prospect Park. Turn right onto 7th Avenue. Go 5 blocks to Union Street & make a Left. Go up one block to 8th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
From Staten Island by Highway – Take Verrazano Bridge to B'klyn & stay in middle lane. Follow 278West (do NOT follow any signs Eastbound) onto Gowanus Expressway. After 1 mi or so, exit right onto Prospect Expressway to first exit, Exit 4: "10th – 11th Ave". Make a total of 3 immediate right turns (crossing over the highway). Take an immediate left onto 18th Street. Follow this one block to 8th Ave. Turn right for ~1/2 mi. to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
From Eastern Parkway - Follow Eastern Pkwy towards downtown B'klyn to Grand Army Plaza. Travel 1/2 around circle to Union St. Make a right turn on Union & go down one block to 8th Ave, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
From Ocean Parkway – Head towards Manhattan (or towards 'beginning of the alphabet') onto Prospect Expressway to Exit 3: '7th & 8th Ave'. At Stop sign make a right & you will be on 8th Avenue. Follow this ~1/2 mi. to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza. Go down one block along Flatbush Ave. Make a Left onto 8th Ave & continue 4 blocks to Union St., Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
R to Union St. Walk up hill along Union St 4 blocks to 8th Ave, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
B or Q - to 7th Ave. Walk up to 8th Ave. Make a right & walk 4 blocks to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
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41 along Flatbush to 8th Ave and walk 4 blocks to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
67 along 7th Ave to Union St and walk up one block to 8th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
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Insurance & Payment Arrangements
Insurance accepted by Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture:ALL AUTO/MVA - No Fault
*Plans may vary regarding deductibles and co-payments. Please call your insurance carrier to verify the terms of your plan. Or, call our office for assistance prior to your appointment.
Insurance NOT accepted by Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture:1199
*Obamacare & Community Plans DO NOT COVER Chiropractic or Acupuncture treatment, therefore we do not accept these.
Please call our office for details regarding insurance coverage for services - 1(718) 398-3100.
Dr. Karen A. Thomas
71 8th Avenue
B'klyn, NY 11217
Office Information for Community Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Park Slope Brooklyn 11217
COMMUNTIY CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE
71 8TH AVENUE (Corner of Union Street)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11217
PHONE (718) 398-3100
Mondays: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesdays: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursdays: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Fridays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
*Dr. Thomas participates in ongoing neurology and nutrition seminars that involve at least one weekend a month away from the office. In addition, Dr. Thomas is often invited to offer court testimony as an expert witness in the fields of chiropractic and acupuncture .Dr. Thomas provides highly qualifies chiropractic associates to cover the practice in her absence.
Location : We are located in Park Slope Brooklyn, 11217 / 11215 (not Bay Ridge).
Our office is located in the historic landmark district of North Park Slope, in Brooklyn New York, 11217. Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture is situated on the north-east corner of 8th Avenue and Union Street. Our office is on the ground floor of a historic brownstone building. We are one block from Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Library and the northeast entrance to Prospect Park. Street parking is available with metered parking along 8th Avenue.
Sofia, our medical biller, is fluent in Russian.
Yolanda, our front office assistant, is fluent in Spanish.
Dr Saraco is fluent in Italian, Spanish & English
Dr Thomas has some working Spanish & can perform an examination & provide care in Spanish
Dr Cindy speaks conversational Cantonese & a bit of Mandarin
IMEs and Professional Services
Independent Medical Exam (IME), Peer Review, and Professional Testimony
Dr. Karen Thomas is an experienced chiropractor and acupuncturist with more than 25 years experience performing independent examinations and peer reviews.
Dr. Thomas has been a practicing chiropractor since 1987 and has produced IME exams and reports for more than a dozen companies in New York. Dr. Thomas offers professional opinion regarding X-ray, CAT Scan, MRI, and EMG/NCV studies. She can evaluate TCM (Traditional Oriental Medicine) examination and diagnosis, acupuncture treatment protocols, and chiropractic analysis, diagnosis, and treatment plans.
Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and maintains a thriving private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She completed a diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology, a post-doctoral specialty, through Logan College of Chiropractic and The Carrick Institute.
In 1998, Dr. Thomas added acupuncture to her qualifications when she completed a four-year program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She has served as a college lecturer, teaching courses in human physiology, anatomy, medical terminology and psychology. She teaches programs on complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to pain management.
"Dr. Thomas has been my graduate student in neurology and completed her neurology residency under my direction. She is a talented clinician and humanist, with a superior dedication to the service of others."
- Frederick Carrick, DC, PhD, FACCN, FICC
KAREN A. THOMAS, D.C., L.Ac.
71 8TH Avenue, Suites 1&2
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Ph (718) 398-3100 FAX (718)398-3783
|Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Brooklyn, NY||1987-Present|
|IME/Peer Reviews/Expert Witness Testimony||1987-Present|
|New York College of Health Professions, Manhattan, NY||2013-2015|
|TPL Acupuncture, PLLC and
10 Points Acupuncture, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY
|ASA Institute, Brooklyn, NY||2002-2003|
|International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Albuquerque, NM||2000-2001|
|Prospect Rehabilitation Center, Brooklyn, NY||1999-2002|
Valley Stream Medical, Inc, Valley Stream, NY
Diaspo Medical, Queens Village, NY
|Manipulation Under Anesthesia||Texas Chiropractic College||2009|
|CEU Seminars/Neurology||Carrick Institute||1992-2016|
|Diploma in Acupuncture||Pacific College of Oriental Medicine||1998|
|Certificate in Homeopathy||New York Chiropractic College||1997|
|Practicum in Nutrition||New York Chiropractic College||1994|
|Diplomate of Neurology||Logan Chiropractic College||1993|
|Doctor of Chiropractic||New York Chiropractic College||1987|
|Bachelors of Arts, Psychology||Pitzer College, Claremont Schools||1976|
|Associates of Arts, Liberal Arts||New York University||1974|
|New Jersey State Acupuncture License||2008|
|New Jersey State Chiropractic License||2007|
|New York State Acupuncture License||1998|
|Massachusetts State Chiropractic License||1988|
|New York State Chiropractic License||1987|
|California State Chiropractic License||1987|
|National Board Chiropractic License||1986|
|American Chiropractic Association||1988-2005|
|New York State Chiropractic Association||1988-1995|
Treatments at Community Chiropractor and Acupuncture located in Park Slope, Brooklyn 11217
Working with the tools of both Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Thomas establishes a diagnosis and treatment plan designed specifically for each individual.
During each visit, primary health concerns are treated – concerns such as back pain and neck pain, organ disharmony, or emotional distress. At the same time, your goals for optimal health will be addressed by using treatments to balance your "Qi" (chi), increase nutritional awareness, modify exercise routines, and re-establish harmony of body, mind, and spirit.
Treatment plans may include a combination of the following techniques:
Many of these services are covered by insurance.
Helping the body heal itself
Homeopathy is a safe, effective and natural approach to help restore health. In accordance with natural laws of healing, homeopathy seeks to cure by re-establishing the body's internal homeostasis or balance. This correction can strengthen the immune system, enhance emotional balance and restore health. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to the 'Law of Similars', an age-old principle that recognizes the body's ability to heal itself. The medicines or 'remedies' are derived from animal, vegetable, and mineral. They are prepared in such a way that they are non-toxic; taken in such small doses there are no known side effects.
Dr. Thomas has studied homeopathy extensively and uses the remedies as a compliment to other treatments. For example, a remedy may be recommended in addition to chiropractic care to assist with arthritis, a sprained ankle or headache. In addition to an acupuncture treatment, homeopathy may be used to reduce symptoms related to menopause, asthma or constipation.
Dr. Thomas incorporates homeopathic remedies as an adjunctive treatment for her patients. Individuals seeking homeopathic services for serious disabilities or life-threatening illnesses are referred elsewhere for such care.